Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
Off the Wall ought to give out awards, too.
HONORS/AWARDS Joel McHale hosts the second "American Giving Awards" (Saturday night at 8 p.m., NBC/4). Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum headline this year's "American Country Awards" (Monday at 8 p.m., Fox/5). Need more? Try "CMT Artists of the Year" (Saturday night at 10, CMT) and/or Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2012" (Wednesday 9:30-11 p.m., ABC/7).
MEOW Oops, make that "roar" -- it's Big Cat Week on NatGeo Wild, starting with "Snow Leopard of Afghanistan" (Sunday at 8 p.m.). Other big debuts include "Attack of the Big Cats" (Monday at 10 p.m.) and "Tiger Dynasty" (Tuesday at 10 p.m.). Get more titles and show details at natgeowild.com.
BUZZ MAGNET Lena Dunham wrote, directs and stars in "Girls" (Sunday at 10 and 10:35 p.m., HBO), a (very) adult half-hour tracking New York 20-somethings, This weekly encore double-dose starts just as Season 1 comes out Tuesday on DVD; Season 2 starts Jan. 13. Check hbo.com/girls.
UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES Women work their way through Vegas in "Sin City Rules" (Sunday at 10 p.m., TLC). The season return of "Ax Men" leads into the new "Bamazon" (Sunday at 10 p.m., History), where Alabama guys go mining on the Amazon. "Storage Wars: NY" (Tuesday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., A&E) brings the channel's hit franchise closer to home. And "Amish Mafia" (preview Tuesday at 10:30 p.m., premiere Wednesday at 9 p.m., Discovery) explains how the Amish protect and police themselves, using eyewitness accounts and re-creations. More at discovery.com/amishmafia.
SOAPS 'N' STARS "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Kelly Monaco welcomes pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy onto her turf on "General Hospital" (Monday at 2 p.m., ABC/7). Then, the soap's legendary Nurses Ball is revived; guests include former linchpin Lynn Herring (Friday at 2 p.m., ABC/7). All things "GH" at abc.com/daytime.
BEATLES REFURBISHED Even seen their 1967 pseudo-travelogue BBC film, which inspired the album of the same name? "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited" (Friday at 9 p.m., PBS/13) is a "Great Performances" retrospective about the surreal romp that outraged Britain and was barely shown in the States. Then, see what inspired that reception, as the restored film itself unreels at 10. Preview, info at pbs.org/gperf.